Climate

Does Global Warming Cause Transgenderism?

Featured image Over the years it has been a familiar trope to point to examples of homosexuality in certain non-human species as a way of reinforcing the normality of it in homo sapiens, but why isn’t our Latin species name sufficient poof proof? And is “transgenderism” really an ism? Whatever. Anyway, what to make, then, of this story from the current issue of Nature magazine: Sex reversal triggers the rapid transition from »

Green Weenie of the Month: The CBD

Featured image Finally got a shipment of fresh, fully-glutenated, animal-tested Green Weenie Awards from our Chinese manufacturer, and we’re behind on our award roster. But thanks to a tip from WattsUpWithThat, we have a clear winner already: The Center for Biological Diversity. They’re the folks who essentially run our endangered species policy. More on all that some other time. For now, they win our coveted Green Weenie Award for this press release »

How Many Windmills Has the Pope?

Featured image Pope Francis has become a deeply problematic figure, all the more so after his encyclical on global warming was leaked to an Italian publication. The letter, some 129 pages long, is directed to Catholic bishops, but Francis grandly says that it is intended for every person in the world. The letter has not yet been translated into English in its entirety, but portions of it have been run through Google »

Jesus Christ, Climate Scientist

Featured image So the imminent Vatican encyclical on climate change has leaked out, and it sounds from news accounts as though Pope Francis is going all-in with the climatistas.  (If you read Italian, here it is in a PDF.) We’ll wait for the final draft (what leaked may or may not be the final version) to appear in translation for a full verdict, but for now the news sent me running to »

New Paper on the “Pause” Is Another Exercise In Data Fudging

Featured image A new paper is being published in Science magazine that purports to refute the 18-year “pause” in global warming. A press release on the paper came off embargo about an hour ago, so you will be seeing news stories about it soon. Bob Tisdale and Anthony Watts explain the provenance of the paper: There is a new paper published the journal Science about the recent slowdown in global surface warming »

Another Emily Litella Moment for the Climatistas

Featured image From the New Scientist magazine on Tuesday: Small atoll islands may grow, not sink, as sea levels rise Rising seas are eating away at small islands and will eventually turn their inhabitants into climate refugees, right? Not so for some of the world’s most threatened islands, which have grown despite experiencing dramatic sea level rise. Funafuti atoll, which includes the capital of Tuvalu, is an islet archipelago in the tropical Pacific Ocean »

Behold Al Gore, Operatic Inspiration

Featured image Behold Al Gore, journalist and author, former vice president, film star, investment banker, tobacco farmer, chick magnet, scientist, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and . . . operatic inspiration? Yes, indeed. From E&E News (subscription only, so no hot link): Climatologist David Adamson stood alone onstage. A film featuring images of the Earth appeared on a screen behind him. He spoke directly to the audience, laying out the case that climate »

Climate: The Road to Paris (1)

Featured image The climate change circus is aiming to achieve a binding global treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—think of it as Son of Kyoto (my what a success that was)—in Paris at the end of the year. I’ll be all over this story between now and then, but a preliminary meeting has opened in Bonn, Germany, this week to try to make progress on a framework that is still very sketchy »

New Explanation for The Warming Pause

Featured image We’ve reported before on various explanations for the current “pause” in global warming that we’re told is not happening, now going on for nearly 18 years. According to a study published last week in Nature Geoscience, the culprit may be the Indian Ocean: The Indian Ocean may be the dark horse in the quest to explain the puzzling pause in global warming, researchers report on 18 May in Nature Geoscience. The »

Science and Scientism, Revisited

Featured image Steve wrote an important essay here a couple of weeks ago, titled Science Versus Scientism. Ken Haapala, President of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, leads off this week’s The Week That Was with an appreciation of Steve’s post: Science and Scientism: One of the chosen ones for the political witch hunt, Steven Hayward wrote a short essay differentiating between the practice of science, which can be described as objectively »

An uncertain kazoo, cont’d

Featured image On May 20 President Obama traveled to New London to deliver the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy. The White House transcript of the speech is posted here; the White House video is posted below. The White House blog posted photos featuring excerpts of the speech and the president in heroic poses here. In the Middle East, we see Iran asserting its power from Iraq and Yemen to Syria »

Will the Arctic Become a Temperate Zone?

Featured image Sea ice has been shrinking in the Arctic (although that trend has reversed in the last couple of years) while ice has been expanding in the Antarctic. But here is a dramatic prediction for the Arctic region: This article [headlined “Indications Arctic May Become Temperate Zone,” with subheading “Ice Fields Disappear”] predicts a long term dramatic change may be possible in the Arctic, describing “unheard of temperatures reported in the »

Green Weenie Update: The Battle in Seattle

Featured image John reported here the other day about the outrage among climatistas that the Obama Administration has approved Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean offshore in Alaska, and back in March I gave the city of Seattle one of our coveted Green Weenie Awards for its protests against having Shell’s offshore drilling platforms docked and serviced in Seattle’s harbor. Earlier this week the Seattle Port »

Schadenfreude: Obama Sells Out the Environmentalists

Featured image Oscar Wilde wrote that “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell [in Uncle Tom’s Cabin The Old Curiosity Shop] without laughing.” That’s how I feel about this cri de coeur by environmentalist Bill McKibben in yesterday’s New York Times: “Obama’s Catastrophic Climate-Change Denial.” Et tu, Barack? The Obama administration’s decision to give Shell Oil the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic shows why »

Shameful Environmental Correctness Strikes Again

Featured image “Environmental Correctness” (EC) is just as authoritarian and mindless as standard-issue “political correctness,” and for the same reason. Leftist orthodoxy needs to suppress dissent, or it will collapse. The latest example of EC in action comes from Australia, where the University of Western Australia has pulled the plug on a new research center at its business school because of its connection to Bjorn Lomborg. Inside Higher Ed reports: The University »

Jerry Brown hot and cold

Featured image Steven Goddard’s Real Science site has a hilarious update on the catastrophes attributed to global warming climate change (f/k/a global cooling). Goddard draws on the timely example of California’s current drought, exacerbated by California’s state government. See, for example, Victor Davis Hanson’s “The scorching of Califoria” and, most recently, “An engineered drought.” There is in the true sense nothing funny about it. In an almost unbelievable example of history rhyming, »

Science Versus “Scientism”

Featured image I’ve decided I’m going to call myself an “Islamoskeptic,” because it neatly combines two left-wing, debate-stifling epithets at one stroke. If you criticize Islam, you’re an “Islamophobe”—the moral equivalent of a racist, so shut up we don’t have to listen to you any more. And if you align at all with climate skepticism and criticize any aspect of climate change orthodoxy, you’re met with the shutdown term of “science denier.” »